Originally Posted by soulkeeper
just received it and charging it!
1) is there any "best" position for the volume knob when using the rca outputs to my Hegel integrated amplifier?
I'm afraid it is a bit of trial and error, depending on your configurations and amp. I suggest that you connect the RCA outputs to the DAC and start with low volume levels and experiment if there's any clipping if you go all the way up to 60-80% of maximum volume. I've had experiences with different equipment with different behaviors and outcome:
a) My Yamaha receiver has no issues with the iDSD set at even maximum volume
b) When I feed the iDSD RCA out to my Control4 distribution gear (controller, Media Bridge and Amplifiers), the music is noticeable clipped when the iDSD is at max volume. The easy fix is just to turn the volume down to 60-80% of maximum
c) If you will use the iDSD as both headphone amp and also pre-amp output (let's say to feed remote speakers), please do not turn the volume knob all the way up, otherwise you will probably damage your headphones or your ears